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94 Points, James Suckling - The balance in this Amarone is so beautiful with chocolate, berry, walnut and cedar character. Medium to full body, polished and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Always in balance.
93 Points, Tasting Panel - Dark, rich, and earthy; concentrated, complex, and well-balanced; a long and lush blend of three ancient varieties: Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara.
93 Points, Wine Enthusiast - This opens with aromas of black-skinned fruit, underbrush, tobacco and culinary spice. The full-bodied velvety palate doles out prune, soaked cherry, star anise and mocha wrapped up in polished tannins. It boasts enough fresh acidity to lift the rich flavors.
93 Points, Wine & Spirits - A cool spring in 2013 was followed by June rain and warm, sunny weather in late summer - a series of conditions that allowed the grapes to ripen well and retain ample acidity. That cool acidity propels this wine’s crunchy red fruit flavors, which pick up notes of moist tobacco, damp soil and subtle spice on the way to a long, lifted finish.
92 Points, Wine Advocate - The 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera employs the estate's same classic blend of 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Molinara, with appassimento lasting more than 100 days. This drying period results in a loss of 35% of the grapes' original weight, yielding highly concentrated sugars. It offers a more approachable and slightly fresher expression, but you still get all that Amarone intensity and power, fueled by dark fruit and spice. The Costasera is a little more elastic and versatile than its peers, especially when it comes to food pairing possibilities, accommodating anything from venison and heavy stews to a lighter pasta fagioli. This is a classic Amarone that delivers all the basic promises of wine made from air-dried fruit.
91 Points, Wine Spectator - Light, taut tannins create a chewy frame for the flavors of wild cherry, cured tobacco, woodsy spice and mineral in this creamy, medium- to fullbodied red.
Deep ruby red with brilliant reflections. Intense and elegant aromas of cherry and plum jam with spicy hints of cinnamon and cloves. Firm structure but very soft on the palate with velvety tannins and a marked acidity that balances the alcohol level well. Full flavored with a fruity finish and soft spiciness.
Pairs well with grilled or roasted red meats and strong tasty cheeses, such as parmesan.